In past blog posts regarding the difficulties inherent in crossing programming domains (Unix to Windows, say), some claimed that programming is universal, and any decent programmer should be able to cross development boundaries as easily as crossing the street. If they can't then they are stupid and should be fired (someone did claim that).
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
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Is hype endangering the health of on-demand computing? Patrick Grady of on-demand services provider Rearden Commerce (which I wrote about here) believes so, and lays much of the blame at the feet of salesforce.
As first reported in March, Trumba is an online calendaring application that lets people create, manage and share calendars over the Web (screenshot). Since mid-April, it has been available as a free beta, and bloggers like Alex Bosworth and David Ascher are test-driving it with overall positive results.
Updated: Literally and figuratively.Still smarting from having to swallow its pride over the success of AMD's 32/64 hybrid technology (AMD64), Intel appears once again to be on the short end of AMD's technological stick -- this time, over dual-core chip technology (the technology that basically packs two CPUs into one chip).
While at Interop in Las Vegas, I was treated to dinner by representatives of Tenebril, developers of the anti-spyware product SpyCatcher. At the table to convince me that the practically unknown security solution provider is a player to be reckoned with in the anti-spyware market were its newly installed vice presidents of marketing and communications Fred Felman and Te Smith (respectively).
I've had a HP PocketPC device for about a year and a half now, ever since I bought it at the 2003 Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. It basically served as an expensive doorstop for about six months, as I lacked a Wi-Fi network, and handhelds are only marginally useful (at least for me) in the absence of a Wi-Fi network.
According to Gartner's Martin Reynolds, dual-core processors will deliver the greatest advance in performance since the introduction of the 386 way back when (1987), and outpace single cores in sales by 2007. Some software tuning is needed to optimize for the dual cores, but performance will be far better than a single core of equilvalent speed for some applications--such as servers running virtualization software, media editing, CAD and games.
Indeed it was. Earlier this week, the misuse of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) to publish the Pentagon's findings in the death of an Italian intelligence agent resulted in the inadvertent release of classified military information.
Earlier this year, I wrote a column that asked whether Microsoft's monoculture might take the 'pod' out of podcasting? In an online whiteboard session (see the video) I explain the phenomenon in more detail and talk about how a monoculture in media player technologies could also lead to a monoculuture in digital rights management (DRM) since the two, at least for now, are inextricably linked.
The other day, someone asked me: "do you know of a mapping service on the Internet that shows you drive times as a set of contour lines from a particular location?" I said I didn't, but someone could probably code it up in an hour or two on top of Google Maps.